Abraham Lincoln Caper

Two disembodies legs vulnerably meet at the knees, amid background of dripping and/or geometric shapes.

A Big Week

In one week recently, four of my paintings found lovely new homes. My portrait of Abe Lincoln (read more about its backstory here) now hangs above the desk of a businesswoman from Brooklyn. In Secret went to a home in Manhattan and, in a neat turn of events, surprised a visitor who had seen it […]

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The Abe Lincoln Debacle: Ethics Commission Rules It Was, In Fact, a “Debacle”

By popular demand, I’ll close out the saga of the Abe Lincoln paintings which were refused exhibition by the Slater Museum, against its own contest rules. The Ethics Commission of the City of Norwich convened hearings to hear testimony against defendant Vivian Zoe, Director of the Slater Museum, and sponsor of the contest to replace

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The Abe Lincoln Situation: Formal Ethics Investigation Begins

The Norwich Bulletin and The Day in New London reported yesterday that the city’s ethics commission found “probable cause to conduct hearings and launch formal investigations” into the way the Lincoln portrait competition was conducted. The Day stated that “Committee members [Charles] Arian, Marcia Marien and Joseph Sastre wrote that they did not believe [Vivian]

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The Abraham Lincoln Situation: Goodbye Abe, We’ll Miss You

The two alternative Abraham Lincoln exhibitions–Enabled and The Lincoln Orphans–were the best of the Lincoln shows in Norwich during the month of May. They proved it again this past weekend, as a joyful and fun-loving spirit fueled the closing reception for the shows. The trio of Elanah Sherman, Dan Topalis, and Grippo organized, managed, and

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Maura McGurk’s Art Blog Featured on CTMuseumQuest.com

CTMuseumQuest.com, the website devoted to exploration of each and every one of Connecticut’s museums, has featured Maura McGurk’s art blog in its recent article about the Norwich Arts Center Gallery. The article discusses the Abraham Lincoln portrait contest. The website has identified over 650 museums and historical sites in Connecticut (not bad for the third-smallest

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The Abraham Lincoln Saga: Abe Resurfaces in Norwich at Opening Receptions!

A spirit of camaraderie and light-hearted fun prevailed at the openings of Enabled: The Lincoln Portrait Show that Tells Artists: Do What You Want! and The Lincoln Orphans Exhibit: Giving a Home to the Excluded Portraits! in Norwich, CT on First Friday. Elanah Sherman, organizer of both shows, personally escorted groups between the floating receptions.

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A line of artists march down a city sidewalk, each while carrying their large portrait of Abraham Lincoln

Maura McGurk Blog Featured in The New London Day

Maura McGurk’s blog regarding the Lincoln portrait contest sponsored by the Slater Museum is quoted extensively in The New London Day. The Day reveals the backlash among the contest entrants, the artistic community, and citizens of Norwich, CT regarding so-called “unethical” practices in the portrait judging. Lincoln artists cry foul, by Claire Bessette, The Day

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Museum Reneges on Promise to Exhibit All Lincoln Portraits–What Would Honest Abe Say?

This Abraham Lincoln portrait, painted by Norwich, CT local son John Denison Crocker, was ripped from its frame in City Hall in 1994. The Slater Museum and the City of Norwich sponsored a contest with a purchase prize for the best copy of the original portrait. Although I’m normally an abstract painter, I thought it

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